Absolute Gift Trust

For Protection

Our Absolute Gift Trust clearly defines the beneficiaries and their share at outset. The beneficiaries cannot be changed once the trust has been set up. As this is not a split trust, the life assured or settlor does not retain an interest in the policy. This means that they cannot receive benefits from a death, terminal illness or critical illness claim.

Key benefits

  • Beneficiaries and their shares are clearly defined.
  • Speed of payment.
  • Benefits are paid free from Inheritance Tax (IHT).

Absolute Gift Trust Form

Absolute Gift Trust Form

Complete the trust form using our online e-signature tool or download our PDF

E-Signature Trust Form

PDF Trust Form (560KB)

Other information you need

  • Absolute Gift Trust may be suitable for clients:

    • Who are willing to make an irrevocable decision now on who should benefit from the policy proceeds if a claim is made.
    • Who want to make an outright, irretrievable gift and have no requirement for access to the gifted amount or any income generated, which would include, for example, any entitlement to benefit from any critical illness or terminal illness claim that may be payable under any policy.
    • Who want to avoid delays in distributing the proceeds of their policy benefit.
    • If the only purpose of the policy is to provide funds for the chosen beneficiary(ies), for example, a disabled dependant.
    • The policy proceeds will not form part of the settlor’s estate and will be free from IHT.
    • The benefits are generally paid to the beneficiaries quickly, provided there is a surviving trustee, as the benefits are not included in the settlor’s estate and probate is avoided.
    • If you have decided that an Absolute Gift Trust is suitable for your client, please complete our e-signature trust form. OR
    • If you prefer to use our editable PDF form, please send us the completed and signed trust documentation as soon as possible. This means that you can complete the form and email it to your client for them to print and sign.

            Completed trust forms can be sent to us either by email (a scanned copy or even send a photo) or by post.

            Please remember to include the relevant plan number and ensure that the form has been signed and dated.

            Email: Protect@scottishwidows.co.uk


    Scottish Widows Protect Servicing Team
    PO Box 24171
    69 Morrison Street
    EH3 1 HR

    Please note: We cannot treat a benefit as being under trust until we have received the trust documentation fully completed and signed.


Important considerations

Trusts are documents with legal significance that may affect the rights, obligations and tax position of your client and the beneficiaries. You should not proceed unless you are satisfied that you understand its effect and that it achieves your objectives. We cannot treat a benefit as being under trust until we have received the trust documentation fully completed and signed. 

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